Feeds

Google punts sky high storage for devs

Amazon: 'Hey! Don't forget us!'

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Google I/O Google has provided limited access to an online storage service built atop its famously distributed online infrastructure.

Known as Google Storage for Developers, the service was unveiled last night with a blog as the company hosts its annual developer conference in San Francisco, California. Using a Representational State Transfer (REST) API, devs can hook their applications into storage that's replicated across multiple top-secret Google data centers in the US.

At the moment, the service is only available to "a limited number" of developers. During this preview period, each dev will received 100GB of data storage and 300GB monthly bandwidth at no charge. You can sign up for the waiting list here.

Google's storage service is akin to Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3), which dovetails with EC2. Word of Google's announcement leaked onto the web on Tuesday, and by that evening, Amazon had introduced a new S3 option dubbed Reduced Redundancy Storage, or RRS. This lets you save cost by storing non-critical data at lower-levels of redundancy.

"Customers who are using Amazon S3 to share media content that is durably stored elsewhere, or who are storing thumbnails, transcoded media, or other processed data that can be easily reproduced, have told us that they do not always require the level of durability offered by Amazon S3. They have asked us for an even more cost-effective storage solution for this type of data,” Amazon S3 general manager Alyssa Henry said in a statement.

“Reduced Redundancy Storage provides lower redundancy at a lower price, while still giving customers high availability.”

Pricing starts at only $0.10 per gigabyte, and this decreases as you store more data.

Google's service offers multiple authentication methods, SSL support, and controls that let you share access with individuals and groups. Devs can use the service from a web-based interface, or they can use the open-source command-line tool and library GSUtil. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.